CASI Student Programs Blog

Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania has supported 175 students! Welcome to the home base for CASI students and alumni to share their thoughts, reflections, and ongoing learnings about their internships, research projects, and travels in India and beyond.

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In the beginning, I thought that 10 weeks would be enough for me to learn about everything that I wanted to and to be satisfied with myself at the end of my internship. As the end of 10 weeks approached, I started panicking. 10 weeks was just enough time to reel me into the wonder […]

It sounds a bit obnoxious, but one of my favorite parts about living in India was eating food. Before traveling out of Delhi for the weekend, I would search up on the traditional foods of the area and rifle through google reviews and Zomato for the highest-rated places to eat. Travelling and food had always […]

Reading the Hindustan Times on my train ride to Agra, I came across an article titled, “English is Ok but Hindi is the New Cool.” In the article, the author describes Hindi as an “orphaned language” and writes about coming from a small town “where people thought success in life was not possible without learning […]

It’s been a few weeks since I returned to the United States from my summer internship, and I continue to see how my experiences in India impacted who I am as a person and the person that I hope to become in the future. To sum up the last few days of my time in […]

India is thousands of years older than the United States, yet the western world has an enormously pervasive influence on this country. During our trip, Nancy and I visited Amritsar, deciding to visit the Wagah Border, where at sundown each day, Indian and Pakistani Border Security Forces demonstrates feats of military strength. The energy there […]

“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”   ~George A. Moore Only after returning home have I fully realized the unique opportunity provided me by Aravind. By coming to the quiet comfort of this desk, safe from my adventure am I able to appreciate what I […]